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Police Officer Shootings in SW Indiana, Rare
More than 400 police officers have been killed in Indiana. In Southwestern, Indiana, the most recent death was Oakland City Police Officer Michael Deno, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in 2000.
There has not been an Evansville Police Officer shot and killed in the line of duty since 1914 when John Cain was killed while trying to disperse a crowd at a saloon.
William Engle was the last Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Deputy shot and killed in the line of duty. That was in 1919. Engle was shot in New Albany while taking a prisoner to the state reformatory. It was Engle's first day on the job.
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office has had several officers who were shot and survived. The most recent was David Weiss who was shot in the neck during a bank robbery in 1997.
The most recent Posey County Deputy shot and killed in the line of duty was Cyrus Thomas who was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a robbery suspect.
Warrick County says it has never had an officer killed in the line of duty.
Other officers shot and killed in the line of duty in Southwestern Indiana:
Princeton Police Officer Harrison Hitch (1913)
Dale Marshal Walter McCallister (1925)
Vincennes Police Officer Orrell Manuel (1961)
Indiana State Police Trooper John Hatful (1987)
Click on the link for a list of all police officers killed in Indiana.